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The AUT University Public Lecture Series, includes professorial addresses and serves as a public platform for introducing new professors to university colleagues and to the wider community interested in their field. In the one-hour lecture, professors take their audience on a journey related to their research interests, their career to date, and the future as they see it. The AUT Public Lecture Series is accessible to a wide audience and well attended by AUT staff and visitors to the campus and we welcome you to attend.


Professor Michael McGuiganTuesday 26 August 2014

The Science of Strength: How strong is strong enough?

Professor Michael McGuigan
Professor of Strength Science, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

In his inaugural professorial address, Professor McGuigan will discuss the importance of strength and power for athletes. Resistance training is now widely used by athletes as part of their preparation for sport but what do we really know about the scientific basis of strength and power development? How strong do athletes need to be and what is the relationship with sports performance?

In this lecture, Professor McGuigan will explore some of the recent developments in strength and power research and how this information is being used to assist with the development of elite athletes. He will explore the future direction of resistance training and monitoring in athlete preparation by drawing from a range of research studies that have been conducted in real world elite sport settings.

Professor McGuigan gained his PhD from Southern Cross University, Australia followed by postdoctoral research in the United States. His research expertise is in the area of strength and power assessment and development. In addition to working as an academic in universities in Australia, USA and New Zealand, Professor McGuigan has conducted applied research in a range of high performance sport environments across a wide range of sports. Recently he was a Power Scientist with High Performance Sport New Zealand and currently has a role as the research and innovation coordinator for the Silver Ferns netball team. Professor McGuigan also has a number of editorial roles including being Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

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RSVP and Venue Details

4.30pm - 5.30pm
WA Building Conference Centre
City Campus
Level 2, WA Building
55 Wellesley Street East

Refreshments will be served after the address

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Tuesday 23 September 2014
Professor Jane Gilbert
Professor of Education, Faculty of Culture and Society

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Professor Edwina Pio
Professor of Diversity, Faculty of Business and Law




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